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Arlington, Va. - Jan 2014: Jim Blesse, standing, from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), explains project BlueShark to Lt. Col. John Moore from the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory. Project BlueShark is an ONR effort to create a high-tech, futuristic environment to demonstrate what operational work environments might look like and what emerging innovative technologies might provide in the next decade. (Navy photo by John F. Williams)

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Stanford University are joining together to establish a new academic center at the school’s Palo Alto, California, campus. The Gordian Knot Center for National Security Innovation (GKC) will focus on further development of artificial intelligence, machine learning and autonomy, and explore ways to incorporate them in “instruments of national power,” to include diplomacy, and military and economic applications, according to ONR.

The center’s name is a play on the metaphor for an intractable problem, Rear Adm. Lorin C. Selby, chief of Naval Research, said.

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“Today our nation faces many intractable problems, from great power competition to non-state actor threats, as we reimagine what naval power looks like in the 21st century,” Selby said. “We’re seeing new disruptive technologies, new operational concepts, and new types of programming management and mindsets.”

The center will be based at Stanford’s Spogli Institute for International Studies. It will provide national security innovation education, training for innovators in the field, and insight, integration and policy outreach.

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